Rowan moves to MACHA
Rowan Ice Hockey has officially joined the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association. This is a great step forward for the whole organization as they keep moving ahead. The MACHA has released a statement:
The MACHA announced that, at their spring meeting, the membership have accepted both Rowan University and The College of New Jersey as probationary members. In another move, Princeton University will remain a part of the MACHA as an associate member team, meaning the Tigers will not be eligible for playoffs next season and will play only a limited schedule as they rebuild their program.
The addition of Rowan and TCNJ brings the MACHA membership back to 10 teams and adds clubs that will immediately compete for playoff spots.
"Adding these schools will give us two more quality programs that have been working hard the past few years to get to this level," MACHA President Les Schriber said. "They bring some great local rivalries into our league setting and I expect them to have an immediate impact. Every team to join the MACHA in our first ten years has improved talent-wise and received more exposure on the ACHA scene. These teams are no different. Admitting TCNJ and Rowan is a great way to begin our second decade as a league."
"Princeton had a tough year," Schriber commented, "and we came to a mutual agreement of associate membership. Princeton is an original, founding member of the MACHA and they are a valued member of the league to this day. This situation will allow them to be affiliated with the MACHA on a level they are comfortable with so they can rebuild the program's roster strength and join us back as full members as soon as they are ready."
"This move today is drastic but I expect it will give our league a legitimate shot of placing even more teams at the ACHA regional tournament next year and in the future."